Generally, we recommend your pet to be spayed or neutered once they are four to five months old. At this age, your pet is able to handle anesthesia better and the procedure can be performed easier and smoother to the benefit of your pet's wellness. Both animal surgery procedures consist of removing a pet's reproductive organs. Spaying removes the female pet's uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes while neutering removes the male pet's testicles. Both require anesthesia and a brief animal hospital stay.
Our veterinary clinic uses many human quality medications and we are dedicated to go above and beyond normal expectations to closely and carefully monitor your pet throughout the entire procedure. Prior to the procedure, we ensure that any medications administered are customized to accommodate what is necessarily applicable to your pet's breed, age and behavior. Our veterinarian advises pets are kept comfortable, quiet and engaged in limited activity immediately following the surgery.
One of the top benefits of spay & neuter procedures from our animal hospital is helping to control the unwanted animal population. An estimated 3.7 million unwanted animals are euthanized each year, according to the American Humane Association. Even when owners think they will be able to find suitable homes for their pets' puppies or kittens, they often cannot and the animals end up homeless. Shelter populations are huge and resources are limited. Because we are acutely aware and are concerned with the pet overpopulation in the Berkeley area, we work closely with Berkeley Animal Control and also partner with Berkeley East-Bay Humane Society to help address the issues that affect homeless pets.
Eliminating a pet's desire to breed is a major benefit of spaying or neutering a pet. Female pets in heat can not only be messy but they can also howl, scream and pace nervously around the home or yard. Male pets, looking to breed, can be more prone to running off to find a female. Our animal hospital's neutering procedure can also prevent other sexual behaviors, such as humping, male aggression and urine marking. Households with multiple pets where the male pets are neutered are typically much calmer.
Spaying or neutering at our veterinary clinic can also help ensure a pet enjoys a healthier, longer life. Female pets that are spayed before their first heat cycle have a greatly reduced risk of breast cancer and a zero risk of uterine cancer and uterine infections. Neutering a male pet eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and the risk of prostate gland enlargement while it also lessens the risk of perianal tumors.
Our Berkeley veterinarian works to make these procedures affordable. We understand that especially in this economy, it can be difficult to balance the best care for your pet with what your finances can afford. We offer two Safety and Comfort packages in addition to the surgery that make it easy for you to balance your pet's needs and your finances. While we keep the cost down for the basic spay and neuter procedures, the best care for your pet includes: pre-operative blood work to catch common organ issues that may make anesthesia dangerous, fluids to keep your pet hydrated as he or she will not be eating or drinking that day, and pain medications to take home for the days following the surgery.
Contact our veterinary clinic at 510-841-4412 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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